Frequently Asked Questions

What is Teach Kindness?

Teach Kindness is a powerful set of classroom lessons designed to help you and your school teach practical life skills related to kindness in a fun, easy-to-do way. Teach Kindness lessons are provided at no cost to users by some of the country's leading Social-Emotional Learning experts, and cover a wide range of important subject matter – including how to manage difficult emotions, how to improve classroom culture, and how to be kind online and in social media.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any school staff with students in grades K-8 is eligible to participate in Teach Kindness, including both middle and elementary schools. It costs nothing to register and access Teach Kindness materials.

My school has already participated in the Middle School Kindness Challenge or Teach Kindness. Can we try it again?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage schools to participate at least once per year. With a broad range of activities to choose from, there are plenty of options for educators to use new materials each year...or repeat their favorites!

Why focus on kindness?

The core belief of Teach Kindness is that positive, kind behavior (towards oneself and towards others) isn't something that we should expect to happen randomly - it's a skill that can and should be taught! By teaching critical life skills in grades K-8, students will not only be better equipped in school and in life, you can also dramatically improve school climate and improve learning.

What kind of content is included in Teach Kindness?

Teach Kindness offers around 50 lessons in total, and there is age-appropriate material for all students in grades K-8. Lessons are organized in four themed pathways:

  • Strengthening Peer Relationships
  • Developing Positive Mindsets
  • Fostering Student Empathy
  • Spreading Cyber-Kindness
Why should our school participate?

Research and experience proves: schools that implement systematic and intentional activities to enhance students’ sense of safety and acceptance are better equipped to help students succeed in school and in life. Your school should participate because students deserve a school environment that proactively counters meanness, intolerance, division, violence, and hate. Use Teach Kindness to help strengthen existing Social-Emotional Learning efforts, or to kick-start longer-term efforts to improve school climate.

How do schools or individual educators join Teach Kindness?

Any principal, administrator, or staff member can register for free at

What does it cost to participate in Teach Kindness?

There is absolutely no cost associated with Teach Kindness. 

How much time will it take?

Teach Kindness is designed to be flexible, adaptable, and easy to use within one class period. Educators can choose among lessons that last anywhere between 10 minutes up to an hour. You can use the lessons on your own timeline, without deadlines or restrictions.

I’m a parent/community member. Can I signup for Teach Kindness on behalf of a school?

We think Teach Kindness is best used by educators, and a school must be listed by each registrant. But, any parent or family member can share our website with school staff and support them in using Teach Kindness.

How can interested organizations get involved?

Stand for Children, the organization coordinating Teach Kindness, seeks mission-aligned partners —education organizations, school districts and charter management organizations — to help us bring this initiative to schools across the country. If you are interested in joining us, contact us at